Currently in the 2004 tour for the eponymous "The Cure" album. It's 2020 and I'm not feeling particularly charitable towards this album or its themes. Before Three is horrible. So is Lost, and a few others. The rest of the album is merely tolerable. Can I safely say 24 years later that this was not a bold new direction? It's just Robert with a bunch of very young studio musicians wowed to be in his presence. He's not getting the creative synergy that he used to. Or to put it more bluntly, you can't dance to this. Contrast the following two songs, and you tell me which one is more fun to dance to:
Why Can't I Be You?
When you see The Promise performed, it's clear Robert intended this to be the next From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, the next If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, the next The Same Deep Water as You. Instead, it's just a bunch of moaning. He just yells through the whole thing "You promised me!", like an old man complaining about his soup. This song hasn't aged well, it didn't get better with the ripeness of time. And so I find myself "listening around" these new tracks to hear the old ones.
This isn't Robert's fault. It's not his job to entertain me. Well, it is. But my moods are never going to precisely match his, that's not how creativity works. But I've given this album decades. I distinctly recall finishing a long day of taking warranty phone calls at a call center, handling claims, only to drive to Best Buy chain store to buy this album. Why? Because its release was mentioned on the radio. I bought it, eagerly put it in the CD player, listened through it. And wondered why I wasn't "getting" it. I never have...
Wow, you keep better track of them than I do. My first show was in the 2008 4Tour, so I'm a latecomer.
Been awhile since I tried listening to the 2004 tour. Today I am enjoying 2004-07-17 Vilar de Mouros (Portugal) [J.J.M.L. Flac]. Is Portugal a rare stop for the band? I can't recall that either. Getting old!
This week I found the FYE store at the mall had their CDs on sale. Obsolete and old, like me. I was shocked to see the latest remaster of Dark Side of the Moon for $7, snapped that up and a $5 Maroon 5 purchase for my wife. I'm so cheap.
Just one more show at Aix les Bains and I'm done with 2004, thank God. Never liked this album. But I am loving the Portugal show...
Quite. The 2008 4Tour had some truly horrible recordings, but it was also the best recorded tour in The Cure's history. There are truly some amazing shows.
I am so glad to have lived to heard Reeves Gabrels contributions to the live band. When I heard the instrumentals mangled form the 2008 4Tour, I felt like this was only a poor cover band at the shows I attended, with Robert trying to soldier on.